A person working with tools in a shop.

My father loves buying tools. Shopping for them is his only vice. His idea of a perfect weekend is a trip to a good, or even not-so-good, hardware store, and buying an esoteric tool because a new project requires one.

Sadly, despite his best efforts, I lack his real-world handiness…

Haiku of contrition:

Brandon Santini
And Jeff Jensen. Together.
Lived up to my dreams.

Artist: Tennessee Redemption
Album: Tennessee Redemption
Release date: September 2019

Cover of Tennessee Redemption album.

The deal. Albums can break your heart. Even ones you haven’t heard yet. Sometimes you want so much from a new release — you’re just so…

Haiku of contrition:

Sean Pinchin’s Bad Things
Is actually good stuff.
Don’t trust the title.

Artist: Sean Pinchin
Album: Bad Things
Release date: March 1, 2019

Cover of Sean Pinchin’s Bad Things

The deal. As someone who came of age as a college radio DJ, I developed a certain distrust of anything too poppy. And even…

Haiku of contrition:

Time waits for no one.
Except Reverend Peyton.
They seem pretty tight.

Artist: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Album: Poor Until Payday
Release date: October 5, 2018

Cover of their album.

The deal. There’s the story, perhaps apocryphal, about a drunken W.C. Fields falling down a flight of stairs and…

Haiku of contrition:

Blues. Rock. Grunge. New Wave. Tokyo Tramps have it all. Except Reggaeton.

Artist: Tokyo Tramps
Album: If I Die Tomorrow
Release date: October 15, 2018

The deal. It might be hyperbolic to say that one song can make an album, but a good opening track can certainly…

Haiku of contrition:

Walker and Brayshaw. A time-traveling duo? Or just cool music?

Artist: Wily Bo Walker and E D Brayshaw
Album: The Roads We Ride
Release date: March 15, 2019

The deal. My wife is a huge Bob Dylan fan so I’ve come to appreciate Dylan and his music…

Haiku of contrition:

Low key is not dull. Tolman is a natural. With nothing to prove.

Artist: Russ Tolman
Album: Goodbye El Dorado
Release date: April 19, 2019

The deal. I’m lucky to love my hometown of Queens, New York. I’ve read a fair amount of stuff written by people…

Haiku of contrition:

Hear So Sensitive.
It is synth pop with real soul.
Also, no keytar.

Artist: So Sensitive
Album: Bedroom Drama
Release date: August 2, 2019

Cover of Bedroom Drama album

The deal. Coming from a world of rock and blues, I take amplification for granted. While I enjoy acoustic artists, I love the…

Haiku of contrition:

Painting song pictures.
Taking us to new places.
It is VR folk.

Artist: Erisy Watt
Album: Paints in the Sky
Release date: July 26, 2019

Erisy Watt album cover

The deal. I’m always impressed by artists who can convey different states of mind. Giulia Millanta did a fantastic job conjuring different…

Haiku of contrition:

American sound.
Relaxing as a long drive.
Windmill hole-in-one.

Artist: Have Gun, Will Travel
Album: Strange Chemistry
Release date: July 12, 2019

The deal. Workaholics, a guilty television pleasure of mine, once had a funny throwaway scene, the setup of which probably never mattered, featuring the three…

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Hockey lover. Linux lover. Music lover. I write about the latter two.

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